Saudi Arabia’s Saudi King Salman has ordered the curfew partially lifted starting from Sunday until May 13, allowing some businesses to open from 9 am until 5 pm.
In his decree, the monarch also allowed some businesses, including shopping centres, retail and wholesale stores, and factories to reopen for two weeks, beginning next Wednesday.
The agency said the latest steps were taken on a recommendation from the health bodies and out of the monarch’s interest to ease restrictions on the public.
Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, has suspended congregational prayers in mosques and halted religious journeys to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina as part of strict measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
The country has reported so far a total of 1,699 virus cases and 136 deaths.